Yard (Portland, Oregon)

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Yard, PDX, April 2017.jpg
The building in April 2016
Yard (Portland, Oregon) is located in Portland, Oregon
Yard (Portland, Oregon)
Location in Portland, Oregon
General information
Status Topped-out
Town or city Portland, Oregon
Country United States
Coordinates 45°31′24″N 122°39′48″W / 45.52338°N 122.66323°W / 45.52338; -122.66323Coordinates: 45°31′24″N 122°39′48″W / 45.52338°N 122.66323°W / 45.52338; -122.66323
Construction started 2015
Height 206 feet (63 m)
Technical details
Floor count 21

Yard is a 21-story, 206-foot (63 m)-tall apartment building built at the Burnside Bridgehead in Portland, Oregon's Kerns neighborhood, in the United States.[1][2] It was designed by Skylab Architecture for Key Development Co. of Hood River and Guardian Real Estate Services of Portland.[3]


The Portland Development Commission started buying land at the east end of the Burnside Bridge about 2000 for a redevelopment project, eventually spending $11 million.[4] Plans were first submitted to develop the property in 2006, but eventually the project was delayed due to the Great Recession.[4] Construction began in October 2014 on what was estimated to be a $58 million project.[5] The building topped out in January 2016 with a ceremony attended by Congressman Earl Blumenauer.[6]


Yard includes 21 above ground floors.[7] The 206-foot (63 m)-tall concrete and glass high rise was designed by Skylab Architecture.[7] It is a mixed-use development with ground floor retail and 284 apartments.[6][7] The sixth through eighth floors are set aside for working-class studio appartments, available through a lottery process. The building was met with criticism for allowing marketplaces such as Vacasa to rent out the entire 11th floor as short term rentals, without having applied for a change of occupancy permit for the "de facto hotel."[8]

The Yard is the winner of a 2018 honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.[9]


  1. ^ "Yard, 21-story building at Burnside Bridgehead, begins to take shape (photos, video)". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ "Portland misses 'unfortunate' design change to 21-story tower at Burnside Bridgehead". OregonLive.com. 2016-01-06. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  3. ^ "21-story tower, now called Yard, under construction at Burnside Bridgehead". OregonLive.com. Retrieved 2016-03-06.
  4. ^ a b Redden, Jim (January 27, 2015). "Burnside Bridgehead finally taking shape". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. ^ King, Shelby (October 20, 2014). "Permits issued for Burnside bridgehead project". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  6. ^ a b Bell, Jon (January 22, 2016). "Burnside Bridgehead apartments top out on way to completion". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Yard". Emporis. Emporis GMBH. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  8. ^ Monahan, Rachel (20 September 2016). "The Entire 11th Floor of Portland's Yard High-Rise is Being Rented Out By the Night". Willamette Week. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Portland's 'dazzling' Yard wins national landscape award". Daily Journal of Commerce. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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